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Australe
@Australe
05/22/14 06:47:27PM
60 posts

Grrrr... stinky stinky


Help! Save My Dreads

Back story:
My dreads are a little over two years old. I started them with T&R followed by neglect. I wash twice a week with BS and an ACV rinse, usually I add a few drops of Lavender EO and sometimes Rosemary EO to the rinse. Followed by rubbing a light amount of coconut oil onto my ends to control the frizzies and make my natural curls come out on the ends. I've only got 2 dreads that are over 1' wide, the rest are pretty much all 3/4" and less.

The last two weeks its been rainy and crappy on my hair washing days. It was okay for the first week, now when my hair gets wet it smells musty. I'm totally not interested in combing my dreads out because I love them. I've upped my ACV ratio and added tea tree into my rinse. Also I've been spraying my hair with happy hands (LINK:http://jadeandpearl.com/happy-hands-alcohol-free-hand-sanitizer/#.U359vfldV8E ). I didn't wash yesterday because it was another rainy day but I had to wash this morning instead. It was fine as I was in AC today but I got caught in a hellish rain storm walking to my car which soaked my dreads and they smell. I don't think they smell to other people but I can smell it and its totally NOT okay. What more can I do? I've got to get this under control.

Please help me save my lovely dreadies


updated by @Australe: 01/13/15 10:04:06PM
Australe
@Australe
02/02/13 12:49:25PM
60 posts

CLOTH DIAPERS!!


Alternative Lifestyles and Subcultures

I found that I really liked sunbabys and alvababys the best of the diapers I tried with my son. They are cheaper as well... You can get them for around $5-$6 a piece and easily resell them for $4 a piece when you are done.

Australe
@Australe
01/26/13 03:58:05PM
60 posts

Where to get beads? What kind to get?


Dread Accessories

The way I see it.... I've got several beads in my hair, put them there not long after I started my dreadlocks and once my hair started locking up the only way these beads are coming out is if we break them. I'm personally glad I didn't go super cheap. $10 for a bead sounds like a lot, but when its going to be with you for as long as your dreads are with you is it really that much?
I got my glass from FlameTouchedGlass on Etsy, she had the most reasonably priced beads for the quality at the time I bought them. I see her prices have gone up a bit, but it costs a LOT of money to do some of this glass work.

Australe
@Australe
10/13/12 01:18:25PM
60 posts

Did you just imply that I don't wash my hair?


General Talk

I recently had someone at a partylite party say something about me not washing my hair. I kinda blinked at her an said "I don't know what you're talking about. I wash my hair twice a week just like I did before I had dreadlocks." She was a little flabbergasted and couldn't understand how I would wash my hair, my best answer I could give her was with soap and water just like you do, but I use Bronner's and ACV instead of normal hair conditioner. She was contrite and more than a little embarrassed by her assumption. Of course this was someone that I know and like, I was more willing to give her the benefit of the doubt because obviously she just didn't know or understand. Now she does.

Australe
@Australe
10/13/12 01:09:25PM
60 posts

Lets play "Name that Dread!"


General Talk

Okay yep... so silly... anyway.
I started my dreads back in Feb and they've been coming along really well... lately though this creature is forming on the back of my head. It was just a normal dread like all the other dreads, a little loopy here and there. The root area however was really fluffy, so much so it was irritating me. I don't have any more beads and with it being on the back of my head am unable to do a short hair wrap.
Screw it I said to myself one night. I looped a hair tie around it about 6 times and tamed the fluffiness at the root. A wash later and it feels better, hmmm... I'll leave the hair tie in for a bit longer... Washed my hair this morning and WOW! What happened!? Its not bad but my innocent little dready who was like all the other innocent little dreadys has turned into a MONSTER. Its awesome, I love it. Crazy looped back on itself twice and its in the process of sucking the end in, its also now like half the length of the rest of them. I feel like at this point its shown me it has personality and also deserves a name, seeing as how its the first one to REALLY stand out from the others.

So my silly question is, have you named some of your dreads? If so what names have you chosen for them and why?


updated by @Australe: 01/13/15 09:37:22PM
Australe
@Australe
10/12/12 10:12:30PM
60 posts

I give up...


Member Journals and Timelines

I started reading this with mild disappointment that someone was giving up... then nodded as a read about the gel and other whatnot you were trying to use... I'm happy to say that when I came to the end of your post I had a smile on my face. You hit the nail on the head. Its about letting go, giving up the fight of trying to make your hair conform to some ideal and just letting your hair be itself, and at the same time learning to let yourself be... well... yourself :)
Thank you
and
Blessed Be

Australe
@Australe
08/29/12 08:57:33PM
60 posts

loops lumps kinks and zig zags in dreadlocks


Dread Maintenance

I love my loops and zig zags, it makes me so thrilled to see my dreads change as my hair grows. I know that when I see crazy loops and zig zags that I'm doing what's right to let me dreads be the best that they can be! For someone who is only about 6 months into her dreading experience it makes me SO happy to see such progress with very little maintenance, just washing :)
Thank you SE for showing us the way to having fantastic and natural dreads!

Australe
@Australe
05/18/12 06:23:06PM
60 posts

Will the frizz go away?


General Questions

3 months into T&R followed by neglect. Super frizzy head but stuff is happening. Crazy loops forming and even some dreads locking together. Every time I wash my hair changes. Stick with it and let them be... or put a hat on

Australe
@Australe
05/05/12 02:45:45PM
60 posts

Essential Oils & Pregnancy


Dread Products

I think is a great idea for a thread, but I'm also don't completely agree with this list or just putting them down without an explaination of WHY they should be avoided. Some of them can be avoided for a very specific reason and when used in smaller quantities are perfectly harmless. And also NO essential oils should ever be used undiluted by anyone, much less a pregnant woman. I know specifically there were a couple things on that list that our local herbalist does use and everything she carries is safe for pregnant and nursing mothers.
The main thing is to be thoughtful of what your putting into your body, everyone has their own sensitivities because we are all different :) I look forward to seeing how this turns out. I kn

Australe
@Australe
04/04/12 03:13:49PM
60 posts

Thoughts on bone and antler dread beads?


Dread Accessories

Well I'm up home right now and will probly be taking a couple home with me... I'm looking forward to being able to play with carving them. Especially since now I have been putting some beads in my hair now and doing some small wraps. Its just to decorate your hair :) I'll def be posting how it works out for me, aye or nay.

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